The Verdict


It is desirable for all jurors to reach a unanimous verdict. If you fail to reach a unanimous decision, the Judge will explain the appropriate procedure for reaching a majority verdict.


Before the jury leaves the jury box, the foreperson will be given the issue paper. This sets out the charges against the defendant with a space beside each charge to write the jury's verdict. In the jury room, you will discuss the evidence and arrive at a verdict. Remember that it is an offence for anyone to disclose information about jury room discussions or to divulge any individual juror's opinions.


When you come back to the courtroom, the Court Clerk will ask the foreperson to deliver the verdict on each charge. When this has been done, your task is over but please stay in the jury box until the Judge tells you to leave.


The Judge may also give you a date to return to court for further jury service. If this has been a long or difficult trial, the Judge may excuse you from further service.


If you serve on the jury in a particularly traumatic case, the Judge may advise you of the counselling service available for jurors. This will only happen in a very small number of cases.


If the defendant has been found guilty, the Judge may pass sentence immediately. Alternatively, the Judge may adjourn the case until reports are made available to the Court, in which case sentence is passed at a later date.